Tuesday 22 October 2019

'I've given up pop star dream for make-up artist career' - Bonnie Ryan

Bonnie Ryan
Bonnie Ryan
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

She will always feel at home on the stage, but for Bonnie Ryan the decision to trade her microphone for makeup brushes is not one she regrets.

The talented 25-year-old has chosen to set aside her career in music to focus on a successful move into the makeup industry, and while she will never be a stranger to the world of showbiz, becoming a pop princess was not for her.

Although it was not an easy decision at the time, Bonnie - the daughter of the late Gerry Ryan and sister of 2FM presenter Lottie - said she was glad she had left the tough world of music behind.

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Babs & Bonnie Ryan at the launch of the PS. Beauty NUDE Collection by Primark at the RHA. Picture: Anthony Woods
Babs & Bonnie Ryan at the launch of the PS. Beauty NUDE Collection by Primark at the RHA. Picture: Anthony Woods

"It was a bit of a complicated time," she told the Herald.

"I was in that moment, which I think a lot of people are when they're that age - at the time I was 23 or 24 - and you're kind of going, 'what do I actually want to do with my life?'

Lottie, Morah, Bonnie and Babette Ryan. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Lottie, Morah, Bonnie and Babette Ryan. Photo: Brian McEvoy

"It was a bit of a scary time. I was trying to think of things that I wanted to do and everyone was like, 'it is so obvious - you love makeup, you do it all the time'."

While music was a huge part of her life - she started in a band at the age of just eight - Bonnie did not want to subject herself to the pressure that comes with pursuing it as a career.

Bonnie, Babette, Morah and Lottie Ryan at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Bonnie, Babette, Morah and Lottie Ryan at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Brian McEvoy

"[Singing] is unbelievably tough. I had been in a band since the age of eight, and then I went solo at 15. I was working at it so hard," she said.

"I had been over and back to London, I'd been in Sweden, I put out a song.

A young Bonnie Ryan performs as part of Lady Nada at Childline in 2007. Photo: Arthur Carron.
A young Bonnie Ryan performs as part of Lady Nada at Childline in 2007. Photo: Arthur Carron.

"It is just the most difficult thing and I kind of just got to a point where I almost loved it too much to keep dragging it out.

"I'd rather just do it myself and not have this pressure of having it as my career.

"I love to sing, so I can sing in my spare time, I can always do it. It is such a tough career and I just decided it was time for me to do something I really enjoyed."

Entrepreneurial Bonnie now runs her own makeup business and has built an online following by showcasing her makeup artistry in videos.

When she began filming herself, she knew she "wasn't Lottie or her dad", she said, and was determined to showcase her own personality on camera.

"I am really shy when I first meet people. It is only people who know me really well who know I am quite outgoing, crazy and chatty," she said.

"So doing my social media, I was like 'I am not Lottie and I am not my dad'. It didn't necessarily come completely easy to me.

"I was kind of like, I have to work on it every day and make a really conscious decision when I go on social media.

"I didn't want it to seem like I was trying to be like anybody else or be anyone else who is on social media.

"I really wanted to show my own personality and so I told myself to act as if I am talking to my friends and try and just be myself."

Herald

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